“It would be hard for lawmakers to enact a policy that has 21 percent support,” Brewer acknowledged.
We should note that the study was funded by Merck, which sells the Gardasil HPV vaccine, and that Brewer has received HPV vaccine-related grants from or served on paid advisory boards for Merck.
In last night's GOP presidential candidates debate, Rep. Rick Perry for his 2007 legislation mandating, through an executive order, that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine be given to young girls in his state. "It's a violation of a liberty interest." The HPV vaccine protects against strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer.
And to have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just flat-out wrong," Bachmann said during the debate.
From the start, some parents objected to the cost of the treatment, which requires three shots, costing a total of about 0.
The findings, which were published late last week in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, underscore the difficulties that public health officials have encountered since Gardasil, the first HPV vaccine, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration a decade ago.
To what extent such legislative efforts will spread around the country seems unclear.
Only New Jersey has such a bill pending, while legislation died recently in Hawaii and Maryland, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
“Opt-outs lead to a large number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, and that makes requirements ineffective in raising vaccination rates,” said Noel Brewer, a coauthor and associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, in a statement.
advertisement So far, just two states — Rhode Island and Virginia — and the District of Columbia, require HPV vaccination for entering school.